AVILA BEACH – With two planned maintenance and refueling outages scheduled at Diablo Canyon Power Plant in 2014, PG&E is again looking to hire workers to support these projects. Opportunities for outage work and full-time jobs at PG&E, as well as how local companies can do business with the utility, will be available at an information fair at the PG&E Energy Education Center in San Luis Obispo on Friday (Oct. 4).
The PG&E Energy Education Center is located at 6588 Ontario Road, between the San Luis Bay Drive and Avila Beach Drive exits on US 101.
Sessions will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Each of Diablo Canyon’s two reactor units is refueled about every 18 months. Unit 1 will undergo a planned outage next spring, followed by Unit 2 in the fall. During a planned outage, supplemental workers from the community and around the country assist the plant’s nearly 1,500 employees on projects that support the continued safe and reliable operation of the facility. (Click here to watch a Currents video on how these maintenance and refueling outage benefit the region.)
“Diablo Canyon Power Plant plays a major role in helping PG&E deliver some of the nation’s cleanest electricity to its customers,” said Site Vice President Barry Allen. “The work performed during planned outages supports our strong commitment to safety, and ensures a steady flow of affordable, reliable and carbon-free energy to more than three million Californians.”
Various temporary positions need to be filled at Diablo Canyon during a planned outage, including roles requiring administrative, maintenance and mechanical skills. Full-time positions supporting the plant and other PG&E operations, including its electric and gas business units, are also available. Representatives from PG&E and its contractors will be on hand during the fair to provide information to those interested in applying for positions.
Employment counselors from Shoreline Workforce Development Services also will be on-site to provide complementary resume coaching and inform participants about other job search resources. Additionally, member organizations of the Building Trades Council as well as representatives from the PG&E Hiring Hall will present information regarding apprenticeships and other career-building opportunities for skilled-trades members.
Each planned outage at Diablo Canyon provides economic opportunities for local businesses. Many temporary workers who assist PG&E travel from other parts of the country and require lodging in local hotels and housing while in the area. In addition, PG&E contracts locally for support services, supplies and materials year-round. Local companies interested in learning how to do business with PG&E during an outage at Diablo Canyon or any other time of year are encouraged to attend the Oct. 4 fair. Hotels and other lodging providers also are encouraged to attend to find out how to offer their accommodations.
Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of electricity without greenhouse-gas emissions. That total represents nearly 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, enough energy to meet the needs of more than 3 million Northern and Central Californians.